Kim Hendrickson receives award

Islander Kim Hendrickson has been recognized for her efforts toward open government on Bainbridge Island.

The Washington Coalition for Open Government presented Hendrickson with its Key Award to acknowledge her notable efforts in the cause of open government in Tacoma on Sept. 19.

“We need more citizens like Kim Hendrickson who are willing to speak up and hold government officials accountable for their actions,” said Toby Nixon, president of the coalition. “We need more citizens who are willing to take time from their busy lives to speak to legislators about the very real impacts of violations of our open government laws. We appreciate Kim’s example to us all.”

The coalition cited Hendrickson’s experience of being fired in August 2011 as the secretary/chief examiner of Bainbridge Island’s Civil Service Commission after she raised concerns with its meeting practices. She later filed a whistleblower complaint with the state, which was rejected, and testified on open government in Olympia during the 2012 Legislative Session, and formed the local activist group Islanders for Collaborative Policing.

Hendrickson was nominated by Assistant Attorney General Tim Ford, the open government ombudsman for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, for the award.

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